Clay Life Weekend with Karin Ort – 11/12 May 2019

Clay Life Weekend with Karin Ort - 11/12 May 2019

Take a couple of days out from your normal life to create a figure in clay. We provide the model, tuition, clay, oh, and the perfect environment for total absorption! 

Taught by Karin Ort, she will take you through the whole process of creating the human form, getting your proportions right and preparing your model for firing.  It can be as figurative or abstract as you like – the choice is yours – and Karin will help you create your artistic vision. Once finished the piece will be allowed to dry out and, once dry, will be fired in one of our kilns. It will then be yours to collect, take away and keep.

Karin has an exceptional eye for detail and is able to guide and encourage students through to reaching their creative potential.

COURSE DETAILS

DAY 1:

Building up the form and getting down the basics

Learn how to build up the figure, really focusing on where parts of the body sit in relation to each other.

Focusing on the negative space around the model and getting your proportions correct.

Adding more detail and facial features as the day progresses.

DAY 2:

Building up the level of detail

Learn how to construct the key features of the form – face, hands, feet and hair.

Prepare your piece so that is ready for firing in your kiln.

Working on the surface pattern and finish of your piece, deciding what level of detail to work to.

This course includes:

  • Inspiring and expert teaching from Karin Ort
  • Step-by-step guidance covering…
  • How to construct a human figure in clay 
  • The importance of keen observation of the human form in making your sculpture
  • How to capture the characteristics and musculature of the model
  • Mutual support from your fellow makers – and plenty of tea and coffee breaks

Suitable for?

Anyone. Though we generally advise that students be 16 years old+ though exceptions can be made where appropriate.

What is included in the price?

  • Two full days’ teaching (10am-4pm)
  • Tea, coffee, biscuits/cake
  • A professional life model
  • All your materials, clay and firing in the kiln
  • Use of a beautiful purpose-built art studio with all the equipment & materials you will need
  • Beautiful countryside setting

This course is for you if:

  • You want to explore the wonderful, tactile medium of clay
  • You want to learn new skills
  • You want to explore capturing the human form
  • You want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a creative environment
  • You love creativity

You will need to bring:

Nothing, bar a packed lunch and maybe an apron if you want one!

Beyond the course:

If you wanted to continue exploring clay then you could make pieces at home and bring them here for firing.

We also have two mid week classes that you could join – one taughtone untutored (a waiting list may apply). Equally you can sign up for another weekend course!

Need accommodation?

If you are travelling from further afield and would like to stay in the area for your visit then have a look at our recommended list of local B&Bs and hotels.

£170 for the whole weekend, including tuition, clay, kiln firing, life model, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE ON WHAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE A POPULAR COURSE.

Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).

ABOUT THE TUTOR

Karin Ort is the cofounder of the Phoenix Studio.

Always creative from a young age, Karin discovered clay modelling in 1995 when she started doing weekend courses with Mary Orrom at Great Missenden. She then studied for a part time National Diploma in ceramics and surface pattern at Barnfield College, then enrolling on an HNC in 3-dimensional design.

In 2004 she started running sculpture workshops at the studio. These sessions proved so popular that over the last 14 years she has introduced many people to the delights of modelling in clay.

Karin has an exceptional eye for detail and is able to guide and encourage students through to reaching their creative potential. When not teaching at the studio, Karin produces her own work, selling it at exhibitions and through commissions.

Karin has had great feedback from her courses.  Here are just a couple of testimonials:

This was my third trip to the Phoenix Studios, having done a couple of the animal clay courses. I was quite apprehensive about my ability to create a life model but Karin remained calm and positive throughout, guiding us all to produce some amazing pieces. The atmosphere was most supportive , with Karin looking after both students and model with care and consideration. I would highly recommend the weekend to anyone , you will be delighted by what you achieve!
Lucy Cross
WOW! If you’re wondering/contemplating…stop and book it NOW! If I can do it, so can you!
What a fabulous weekend! It was fun, rewarding, relaxing, stimulating (can it be both? -yes it can apparently!), exciting, therapeutic…just wonderful. I shouldn’t have put it off for so long!
Karin is a fab teacher and everyone on the course was so friendly and kind. It was great to be learning and achieving in such a lovely nurturing environment.
Bev Wilson

£170 for the whole weekend, including tuition, clay, kiln firing, life model, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE ON WHAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE A POPULAR COURSE.

Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).


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